Summary: God’s love is passionate and devoted - but when jilted sparks a holy fury.
Amos 2: 6-16
CALVIN CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH
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They began to notice that she just wasn’t the same.
Sue had been pouring their coffee for the last 10 years every Thursday morning at the neighborhood bar
& grill. But the last two weeks she was so quiet, mouth pulled tight. Didn’t she even seem to walk a bit slower
between the closely packed tables? During a lull in business, while topping up with a splash, Freda asked -
And out it came - Sue’s boyfriend had left. They’d been together almost 5 years, and had been making
noises about getting married. She’d begun to dream of building a home together, maybe even children. Till the
phone call - he didn’t want to see her anymore..... at least not for now.... needed space..... to think.
No matter how hard she tried to hide it - no doing. It was devastating.
Some of you can identify.
Perhaps because you’ve been dropped, hard, somewhere along the way.
Or let down.
By someone you love dearly.
And you know, oh so desperately well how you know, that the worst hurts a person can experience, the deepest
disappointments, the most devastating betrayals are the ones committed by those closest to you.
We don’t lose even a wink of sleep over the fact that the Prime Minister never calls us.
It may bother us for 3 minutes when the gas bar attendant snarls at us.
We have no connection of the heart with them.
When someone crosses you or lets you down, and you have invested yourself in that person, it cuts deep.
If no strings have been tied from your heart to someone else’s, then there are none that can be broken,
none that can be ripped out and cause great pain.
But when your heart is tied to someone else’s, for them to wrestle against that tie, or to try and sever
or burn it,
can hurt like almost nothing else in life.
When I talk with senior citizens, people that have lived through a lot -
the Great Depression,
what strikes me again and again is that the thing that cuts deeper and hurts longer and leaves a bigger scar than
......is when their children lash out against them, rebel, or disown them.
Now why make this point?
Because this whole dynamic of relationships gets right at the heart of the passage we read.
If you understand how treachery between those who have loved cuts far deeper than treachery between
– if you understand that -
then you will understand the motivation for Amos 2 - actually, for all of Amos.
The cry through the lips of the prophet is the cry of One who has been wounded in this deep, inner, very personal
sort of way.
It is the cry of God;
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the cry of the Heavenly Father
Father of Israel
who is slapped in the face,
rejected by His spiritual children.
Israel’s story is one of Amazing Grace, chapter after chapter of amazing grace..
Want to read about it in poetry? Read Psalm 104 and 105..
Rather read the story version - the account? Read Exodus, Samuel, Kings, Chronicles.
There are the blessings of daily care – a well-watered creation, animals, food in the fields – the common
daily graces of God.
Beyond that -
Extracting a rag-tag group of foreign slaves out of the Egyptian empire, and applying to them blessings that had
been promised to their forefather Abraham.
As Psalm 105 says:
“He brought out Israel, laden with silver and gold, and from among their tribes no one faltered....
He spread out a cloud as a covering, and a fire to give light at night. They asked, and he
brought them quail and satisfied them with the bread of heaven. He opened the rock, and water
gushed out.... He gave them the lands of the nations, and they fell heir to what others had toiled
Samuel, Saul, David, Hezekiah.....
As you read through the Old Testament and take in the history of the nation of Israel you can’t help but
be struck by the number of times, again and again, that God comes through for them in the pinch.
You can’t help but be struck by the amazing opportunities and blessings with which God deluges his
Generation after generation He keeps on coming through for them.
He remains, as it were, like a faithful bridegroom committed to the marriage covenant.
He gives, and gives and gives and gives.......
again and again and again.
for their sake I will remember the covenant with their ancestors whom I brought out of Egypt in the sight of the